or


[10/20/10 - 07:19 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


ALABAMA (FX) - Mindy Sterling, Natasha Leggero and Brandon Johnson have all joined the cast of the pilot, "a comedy set a thousand years in the future, aboard the United Nations peacekeeping spaceship: The U.S.S. Alabama." The former will play Doc, the ship's medical officer, with Leggero guesting as Roxy Sexbot and Johnson as an unspecified character. They join co-creators Thomas Lennon as Glen Frenchman, the ship's acting captain, and Robert Ben Garant as #2, a robot who is second in command. FX Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment are co-producing the half-hour, which begins production next month in Los Angeles.


CHLOE (The CW, New!) - Marti Noxon ("Mad Men") has snagged a script order from the network for a new drama about "a young female con artist who dies and returns to earth as a Divine Covert Operator." She'll supervise Jason Fuchs ("Holy Rollers"), who's penning the pilot, and executive produce alongside her production partner Dawn Parouse. No other specifics, including the studio attached, were given.


DEATH VALLEY (MTV) - Bryan Callen ("How I Met Your Mother") has been tapped for the lead role on the upcoming series, "a scripted horror-comedy that captures the exploits of the men and women of the Undead Task Force (UTF) - an elite branch of the LAPD that was formed in 2009 when the San Fernando Valley became overrun by zombies, vampires and werewolves." He'll play Captain Jim Dashell in the half-hour, which also stars Caity Lotz, Charlie Sanders and Tania Raymonde. Austin Reading, Julie Kellman Reading, Eric Weinberg and Tim Healy are the executive producers.


HOUND DOGS (TBS, New!) - Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham") has booked a pilot order from the cable channel for a new baseball drama about "a minor league team and its general manager as they try to handle life's ups and downs, both in and out of the locker room." Sony Pictures Television is behind the hour, which Shelton is writing and executive producing alongside Michele Weisler, Andrea Buchanan and Todd DeLorenzo.


NIKITA (The CW) - Noah Bean ("Damages") has scored a recurring role on the freshman drama. He'll play Ryan Fletcher, a CIA case officer & analyst, on the series, which airs Thursdays at 9:00/8:00c on the netlet. It's not clear when his first episode will air.


PORT LOVE (ABC, New!) - Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa are developing a new comedy at the Alphabet "set at a formerly popular network series and revolves around the cast and crew who have more backstage drama in their lives than in the actual show they're working on." Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai ("Rita Rocks") are penning the half-hour, which would star Consuelos and feature Ripa in a recurring role. Consuelos and Ripa, who originated the concept, would then executive produce via their Milojo Productions banner alongside Hodes, Dibai, Albert Bianchini and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan for ABC Studios.


SECRET CIRCLE (The CW, New!) - Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain ("Lie to Me") are developing a new drama about "a California teen who moves to her mom's hometown of New Salem and discovers that she is a witch." Said hour is based on L.J. Smith's ("The Vampire Diaries") young adult series of the same name with Andrew Miller ("Imaginary Bitches") on board to pen the adaptation. Craft and Fain then will executive produce alongside Alloy Entertainment's Gina Girolamo and Leslie Morgenstein, presumably for Warner Bros. Television.


UNTITLED WHITNEY CUMMINGS PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Comedian/celebrity roaster Whitney Cummings is set to topline a potential new comedy for the network. Said half-hour, from Universal Media Studios, is billed as "a romantic comedy told through the point of view of a decidedly unromantic person" with Cummings writing and executive producing. Scott Stuber of Stuber Productions is also attached as an executive producer.


VANISHING ACT (CBS, New!) - The Eye is looking to bring Thomas Perry's suspense novels, about Jane Whitefield - a "half-white, half-Indian young woman who works as a one-person witness protection program, helping hide people who are in danger," to the small screen. Craig Sweeny ("Medium") is spearheading the hour, which is set up at Carol Mendelsohn Productions and CBS Television Studios. Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz then will executive produce alongside Sweeny.

Here's how publisher Random House details, "Vanishing Act," the first novel in the series: "Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness--not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, cover any trail, and then provide her clients with new identities, complete with authentic paperwork. Jane knows all the tricks, ancient and modern; in fact, she has invented several of them herself. So she is only mildly surprised to find an intruder waiting for her when she returns home one day. An ex-cop suspected of embezzling, John Felker wants Jane to do for him what she did for his buddy Harry Kemple: make him vanish. But as Jane opens a door out of the world for Felker, she walks into a trap that will take all her heritage and cunning to escape...."


THE WEDDING BAND (TBS) - Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle's drama, about "four friends - some are married and some are single, all with day jobs and responsibilities, but they share one thing in common: they are in a wedding band," has been ordered to pilot. The pair penned the hour and are executive producing alongside Tollin Productions's Mike Tollin for FremantleMedia North America.





  [october 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· ALABAMA (FX)
· CHLOE (CW)
· DAMAGES (AUDIENCE)
· DEATH VALLEY (MTV)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HOUND DOGS (TBS)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· LIE TO ME (FOX)
· MAD MEN (AMC)
· MEDIUM (CBS)
· NIKITA (CW)
· PORT LOVE (ABC)
· RITA ROCKS (LIFETIME)
· SECRET CIRCLE, THE (CW)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)
· VANISHING ACT (CW)
· WEDDING BAND, THE (TBS)
· WHITNEY (NBC)





[02/24/21 - 04:47 PM]
ViacomCBS Unveils Comprehensive Streaming Strategy and Expansive Slate of Originals Headed to Paramount+
Paramount+ will feature a powerful combination of live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment from ViacomCBS' portfolio of world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel.

[02/24/21 - 03:21 PM]
Showtime(R) Announces "Ray Donovan" Feature-Length Film
Star Liev Schreiber will return in his Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominated role and co-write the script along with series showrunner David Hollander, who will also serve as director.

[02/24/21 - 03:05 PM]
Showtime(R) Drama Series "Halo" to Launch Exclusively on Paramount+
Currently in production in Budapest, the series is set to premiere on Paramount+ in early 2022.

[02/24/21 - 03:04 PM]
Kelsey Grammer to Reprise His Role as Dr. Frasier Crane in "Frasier" for Paramount+
Grammer will executive produce along with writers Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli, and Grammnet Productions Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon.

[02/24/21 - 03:02 PM]
Highly Anticipated Seventh and Final Season of Darren Star's "Younger" to Premiere on Paramount+
The beloved MTV Entertainment Studios comedy will come to a close with the final 12 episodes available at a soon-to-be-announced date on the ViacomCBS streaming platform.

[02/24/21 - 03:01 PM]
Nickelodeon's All-New Animated "Rugrats" Reunites Members of the Original Voice Cast to Reprise Roles
Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the series is set to debut this spring on Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS.

[02/24/21 - 03:00 PM]
Nickelodeon Establishes Avatar Studios, Brand-New Content Division Devoted to Expanding the World of "Avatar: Last Airbender" and "The Legend of Korra"
The first project from Avatar Studios is slated as an animated theatrical film set to begin production this year.

[02/24/21 - 02:55 PM]
Paramount+ Is the Home of the Star Trek Universe
All-new animated kids' series "Star Trek: Prodigy" will join "Star Trek: Discovery," "Star Trek: Picard," the animated series "Star Trek: Lower Decks" and the upcoming "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" on the streamer.

[02/24/21 - 02:43 PM]
"60 Minutes+," A New Streaming Version of the Sunday Classic, Debuts on Paramount+
Jonathan Blakely has been named the news program's executive producer and its content will originate from the production team in New York.

[02/24/21 - 12:01 PM]
Video: Trailer Debut - Hulu's "Solar Opposites" Season Two
The series returns with eight all-new episodes Friday, March 26, only on Hulu.

[02/24/21 - 11:25 AM]
Video: OWN Releases Official Trailer & Key Art for New Drama "Delilah," Premiering on Tuesday, March 9
Maahra Hill stars as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina.

[02/24/21 - 11:02 AM]
"America's Got Talent" Judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara to Return for Season 16 Set to Air This Summer on NBC
To celebrate the return of America's favorite judging panel, "AGT" will be hosting one final nationwide "Last Chance Audition" for the upcoming season on Saturday, March 6.

[02/24/21 - 11:02 AM]
A&E's Emmy Award-Winning Docuseries "Intervention" Returns This March for a New Season Highlighting Addiction in Las Vegas Alongside an All-New Season of "Hoarders"
Debuting with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 15, "Intervention" continues to provide an unfiltered look at the devastation caused by addiction in a new season based in Nevada's notorious Sin City.

[02/24/21 - 11:00 AM]
The CW Network Sets Spring 2021 Premiere Dates
Newly announced premieres include "Kung Fu" and "The Republic of Sarah" as well as the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Dynasty" and "In The Dark."

[02/24/21 - 09:30 AM]
Disney+ Announces Premiere Dates for New Series "Big Shot," "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," Marvel Studios' "Loki," "The Mysterious Benedict Society," "Monsters at Work," "Chip 'N' Dale: Park Life," and "Turner & Hooch"
Also on tap are new seasons of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" and "Zenimation" as well as the previously announced launches of "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" and "The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers."